New job opportunities across CSRA show economic growth trend

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News 12 at 11 o'clock/Friday June 14, 2014

(WRDW)--Hollander Sleep Products Inc. is coming to McDuffie County and bringing more than 200 new job openings with it.

Just off of I-20 at exit 175, the 208,000 square foot facility will be the first in Thomson's Stone Business Park.

Development Authority Executive Director, Ralph Staffins tells News 12 the building should be finished in the first half of 2015 and calls it "a great indicator that McDuffie County's economy has turned and is now improving."

This is also good news for folks outside of Thomson as surrounding counties are making similar job announcements.

"We're on an upswing," said North Augusta City Administrator Todd Glover. "The economy has been tough over the past few years but for our area. Not just North Augusta but the CSRA. We have a lot to offer."

Glover says after recent announcements of Medac, Sitel and Cyber Command the trend is clear.

"Companies are recognizing the quality product that we have here and they're wanting to be a part of the community," he explained. "I think that's one of the most exciting parts of any of the announcements that we've done over the past year."

And as Hollander becomes the newest company to choose this area, Glover says the economic future for the entire CSRA is looking positive.

"Two hundred jobs introduced to your economy is a great thing," he said. "This whole area is going to benefit from that and that's something that we've known for a long time."

Leaders at the McDuffie County Development Authority say the plans are already underway, construction should start some time later this year and hiring will start early next year.

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